‘Do you have eyes?’-addressing the Spring Valley incident
By Russell Oliver
What is now known as the “Spring Valley Incident” happened on Monday, Oct. 26.
A 16-year-old student was refusing to give her phone away to her teacher, thus disrupting the class. Deputy Ben Fields, the school’s resource officer, was called into the classroom to remove the girl from the class and he overreacted to the extreme. At least three videos were taken of the event and became viral globally after being posted online.
Fields’ attorney, Scott J. Hayes, has spoken out about the officer’s actions in the Spring Valley incident. Hayes defended Fields in a press release statement he posted last Wednesday.
“We believed that Mr. Fields’ actions were justified and lawful throughout the circumstances of which he was confronted during this incident,” he said in the release.
I have one question for Mr. Hayes: Do you have eyes? Because the videos that went viral show Fields flipping the girl’s chair to the ground with her in it, before pulling her out of her chair and across the room.
Hayes then continues to say, “To that extent, we believe that Mr. Fields’ actions were carried out professionally and that he was performing his job duties within the legal threshold.”
Again, are you sure you can see Mr. Hayes? I don’t think anyone who saw these videos would deem Fields’ actions as “professional.” Also, I wouldn’t consider dragging a student-aged girl across the ground within the “legal threshold.”
Leon Lott, the Richard County Sheriff, suspended Fields immediately after the incident. Fields was fired two days after that. However, the sheriff wasn’t completely on the student’s side.
Lott believes that the student has some accountability in the situation because her increasing disruptive behavior is what caused Fields to enter the classroom and remove her.
“When a classroom is disrupted by a student, that disrupts the education process and the students can’t learn and the teachers can’t teach,” Lott said in a recent CNN article.
Hey Sheriff Lott, do you know what also disrupts classrooms? A violent police officer dragging a student across the room. It amazes me that so many people are trying to focus a portion of the blame on the student, when Fields overreacted to the situation tremendously.
Don’t even get me started on Raven-Symoné. Haven’t you already said enough controversial things for a relatively new host on “The View?”
“The girl was told multiple times to get off the phone,” Raven said during the roundtable discussion. “There’s no right or reason for him to be doing this type of harm, that’s ridiculous. But at the same time, you gotta follow the rules in school. First of all, why are there cell phones in school? This shouldn’t even be a problem to begin with.”
You know, you’re right Raven. The real lesson from this incident is that cell phones shouldn’t be in school. That’s so not right, Raven.
The girl from the incident was arrested afterwards for “disturbing schools.” Niya Kenny, 18, was also arrested in class that day for the same charges. She spoke out to CNN about the incident. Kenny said that she told her classmates to get their phones out because they knew of the officer’s reputation. Kenny’s attorney, Simone Martin, said that a number of students refer to him as “Officer Slam as opposed to Officer Fields.”
Kenny later described Fields as a “dangerous man to get involved with” in the interview. It seems like this guy has a history of violence. The fact that he is the resource officer for this school is scary.
Let me just be the one to say it: Ben Fields, you’re an asshole.
The fact is that communities aren’t taking police brutality seriously enough. There have been way too many reports of police officers taking it way too far and using brutal force or even gunfire in situations where it’s unnecessary. We need to address this issue because I think that the more stories we hear, the more fear we feel about the police force as a whole. They are the ones that are supposed to be protecting us, not the ones we need protecting from.